Book Review of “Paradigm Lost”

“Paradigm Lost” was published in 2014 (December) and was written by Ryke E. Spoor ( Mr. Spoor has published 11 novels.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this novel as ‘PG13’ as there is some Mature Language and Violence. This Fantasy Paranormal Mystery novel is written in the first person and is set primarily in New York, though not exactly on our Earth. The primary character is Jason Wood, a private investigator/information specialist.

Wood is involved in one after another of investigations that gradually draws him and his girlfriend Sylvia Stake, into the heretofore unknown world of the paranormal. They soon find that our world is home to vampires, werewolves and other paranormal creatures. Some of these are friendly, and others very deadly.

There is a bit of Mystery as Wood and his friends pursue various investigations. There is a significant portion of Fantasy and the Paranormal as we discover the strange tale of where the vampires and werewolves came from.

This is not the typical novel that I read. Even though I watched every episode of “True Blood”, stories with vampires, werewolves and other paranormal creatures are not my usual selection. This book is more of a tightly connected set of short stories than it is a novel, and from the preface, these were originally written between 1987 and 2001. The basis of the book is Spoor’s story “Digital Knight”.

I thought that the plot was interesting. I liked the origin story of the vampires and other paranormal beings. The characters though, seems a little thin, they do not have the richness I have found in other novels. Overall I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to 4) out of 5.

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